Monday, September 28, 2009

2010 MV Agusta Brutale 1090RR, 990R announced


MV Agusta have announced the 2010 Brutale 1090RR and 990R machines, which, according to MV, share only 15% of their components with the earlier Brutale bikes. Designed by Massimo Tamburini, the first Brutale was launched almost 10 years ago and still looks as good as ever. And that’s probably a good thing because even the 2010 bikes, which have supposedly been updated in a big way, don’t look very different from the older bikes…

Then again, look more closely and you realise that the Brutale 1090RR and 990R are subtly different from the earlier 1078RR and 989R. They also, as their names imply, have slightly bigger, more powerful engines - 153bhp for the 1090RR and 141bhp for the 990R. Mechanical changes include improved engine cooling and lubrication, lighter, more compact throttle bodies, and two riding modes for wet and dry weather conditions. Both bikes are equipped with a traction control system and the Brutale 1090RR also gets a slipper clutch.

The 2010 Brutale bikes feature an all-new chassis made of chrome-molybdenum tubes and aluminium plates, the single-sided swingarm is 20mm longer (made of forged aluminium for the 1090RR) and the rear monoshock is new. Forged aluminium wheels are lighter and stronger than before and the 1090RR gets lighter brake discs with monobloc callipers. The seat has also been redesigned for improved long-distance riding comfort.

The new MV Agusta Brutale 1090RR is priced at 18,500 euros, while the Brutale 990R costs 15,500 euros (US prices have been set at $18,000 and $15,000 respectively for the two bikes). We don’t really know what to make of the new Brutale duo. Yes, the bikes look gorgeous as ever. But ten years is a long time and a lot of people may have been expecting a much more significant update in terms of the styling and design. We’d like to know what you think of the new MV Brutale 1090 and 990 machines – post your thoughts in the comments section below…

13 comments:

Yazz_89 said...

Well, if it's all that good looking like you say it is, why do MV need to change the damn thing? And come on, the Ducati Streetfighter looks UGLY!

Jason Dremel said...

MV Agusta has sharpened up the Brutale's styling and made the engines bigger and more powerful. Guess that's enough, really. More 'radical' changes may have ruined the bike :-)

Anonymous said...

MV Agusta need to stop milking Tamburini's 10 year old design. Not that I'm going to buy one anyway, but it would be nice to see MV do a NEW (as in really, really NEW!) bike for a change.

Anonymous said...

Some things are just better left alone, and I think MV did a nice job of updating what many already thought was the best looking naked bike out there. Overall though it sounds like the slight re-design was well thought out and hope for $15 grand that it works better than past models. Now all we need is a big 1000cc naked comparison shootout to see how the new bike stacks up against the heavy hitters in this class. Nice job MV!

Anonymous said...

As a former Brutale, I'll say the Brutale is the most beautiful bike period! This new version looks awesome as well! BUT....the rearsets ae the same and still suck! The master cylinders are the same as well, still no Radial Masters! MV needs to get with it on the "controls" department! Especially for the price tag!

Sam said...

Why mess up a good thing?
A beautiful bike is a beautiful bike, now or ten years later.

Look at the ducati monster, IMO the old one still look good, even if the successor looks good also (in a different way)

Mike Brijes said...

It seems evident you've never ridden the Brutale. Because anyone who has will agree the bike is P-perfect as it is, it needs no changes no updates and no styling gimmicks.

Yes, I do own a 1078RR and I believe it's the very best naked streetfighter in the world.

Andrew said...

I think there's nothing worse than change for the sake of change alone... See Ducati Monster for the perfect example of that. I'm very glad MV left the design largely alone, since it works perfectly well.

Sascha Haber said...

Same here...perfect bike.
Thank god no japanesefication like Ducati just slapped in our face with the Monsters and the Streety.
I am riding an older Monster and I will sidegrade to MV rather than get a Mangadesign.
Bravissimo MV ! And who need rearsets ?

Nick_96 said...

Change for the sake of change? Yes, why not. That's how things move ahead. The Ducati 916 was a beautiful bike, but the 1098 / 1198 definitely looks way better than the 916. MV need to move on and do something new. The F4 and Brutale look good but don't you think 10 years is a long enough time? I'm sure there's a motorcycle designer in this world who can come up with a bike that looks even better than current MVs!

Anonymous said...

Yazz: Have you seen the Streetfighter in the flesh?

Anonymous said...

Just an awesome machine...think that I will be picking up a new 1078 at a good price when this come in :)

Kiran said...

Even after 10 years, it is STILL the MOST BEAUTIFUL BIKE in the world, thanks to the genius of Massimo Tamburini. Thank God they didn't spoil the original design.
Many salutes to Tamburini from India! ..wish he comes out of retirement.